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Rishard Matthews | Wide Receiver

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
College: Nevada
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The Dolphins are "pursuing trade options" with third-year WR Rishard Matthews.
Matthews will "definitely" not be waived today, per the Miami Herald, but the Fins are open to moving him if the right offer comes along. Matthews, 24, can play slot and Z receiver, and would be a useful addition to a wideout-needy team. He was buried on the depth chart with the Dolphins, however. Aug 30 - 1:06 PM

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WR Rishard Matthews did not catch his lone target in the Dolphins' third preseason game.

Matthews has shown well this preseason with 5 catches for 83 yards, but seems to be behind Brandon Gibson and maybe even rookie Jarvis Landry in the pecking order. He is not on the re-draft radar right now.
Aug 23 - 11:01 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews caught two passes for 40 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against Atlanta.

Matthews smoked Atlanta's defense down the seam on Miami's opening drive for a gain of 36, good for the biggest play made by the Dolphins' starters. Matthews got run with the ones because Mike Wallace (hamstring) was scratched. A versatile, inside-outside wideout, Matthews is penciled in as the Dolphins' No. 4 receiver, although rookie Jarvis Landry is breathing down his neck.
Aug 8 - 8:21 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said WR Rishard Matthews is "without a doubt" having a good camp.

Matthews is a release-candidate with Brandon Gibson healthy, and rookie Jarvis Landry expected to open the season as one of Miami's top four wideouts. He needs to hold off Armon Binns, Damian Williams and Marcus Thigpen. The Dolphins can create $556,597 in cap savings by releasing Matthews.
Aug 2 - 5:35 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews is "at serious risk" of not making the team.

Matthews has struggled during the early part of camp, and is no higher than the No. 5 receiver. He's competing with Armon Binns, Damian Williams and converted RB Marcus Thigpen for one or two spots. Miami has privately questioned Matthews' focus in the past, and he recently admitted to being late to team meetings. Releasing Matthews would create $556,597 in 2014 cap space.
Jul 26 - 7:38 PM

Amid reports he's in the doghouse, coach Joe Philbin offered up some praise for third-year WR Rishard Matthews following minicamp.

"Rishard had a really good camp," said Philbin. Matthews claims he and Philbin "ironed out their issues" during an offseason chat. He admitted "being late to a couple of meetings, among other things." The Fins have a three-way battle at slot receiver, with rookie Jarvis Landry pushing Matthews and Brandon Gibson.
Jun 20 - 12:35 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said WR Rishard Matthews is the "leader in the clubhouse" for the team's third receiver position.

The reports on Matthews this offseason have been all over the map, with some saying he is a candidate to be cut and others saying he will win the slot-receiver job. Walker falls into the latter category, citing Brandon Gibson's knee woes and rookie Jarvis Landry's inexperience as reasons Matthews will win the job.
Jun 14 - 1:57 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "haven't been happy" with Rishard Matthews for "tardiness, lack of attention to detail and other issues."

In other words, he'll have to have a monster camp and preseason to earn the Dolphins' final receiver spot. Matthews hopes a recent meeting with coach Joe Philbin helped his cause. "I had some (missteps) my first couple years being young," Matthews, who turns 25 in October, said. "They want me to be more professional off the field, as well as on the field. ... Coach Philbin sat down with me and gave me the ropes. We’re definitely on the same page." Matthews is facing an uphill battle with draft picks Jarvis Landry and Matt Hazel added to the Dolphins' crowded receiver corps.
Jun 3 - 6:25 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker only expects Miami to keep six of the 11 wide receivers currently on the roster.

Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and newly-drafted Jarvis Landry are locks to make the roster. Sixth-round WR Matt Hazel has a great shot as well. That leaves Rishard Matthews, Armon Binns, and Brandon Gibson to fight for two spots. Binns is recovering from an ACL and MCL tear suffered last July, but the Dolphins are reportedly very intrigued by his potential. Gibson is coming back from a torn patellar tendon, and Matthews is reportedly not a favorite of coach Joe Philbin. The smart money is one or both of Matthews and Gibson being cut.
May 11 - 12:43 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero believes WR Rishard Matthews is not a favorite of Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.

The Palm Beach Post considered Matthews an early favorite for the starting slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery), but several reports have surfaced indicating the Dolphins are not high on Matthews. The latest sign is the selection of Jarvis Landry in the third round. Landry's lack of top-end speed will make him a better fit for a slot role in the NFL; the same role occupied by Matthews in 2014. He may find himself fighting for his job this preseason.
May 10 - 11:34 AM

The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.

This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts will be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
Apr 19 - 6:38 PM

The Palm Beach Post considers Richard Matthews the favorite for the Dolphins' slot receiver job.

Matthews took over as Miami's slot receiver in Week 9 last season, filling in for an injured Brandon Gibson. He appeared in all 16 games (five starts) and finished with 41 catches, 448 yards, and two touchdowns. Gibson is owed $3.7 million in 2014 and in jeopardy of losing his roster spot coming off knee surgery. The Fins also signed Damian Williams, who should serve as the No. 4 receiver.
Apr 12 - 9:05 PM

Rishard Matthews had four catches for 58 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets.

Matthews took on an expanded role with Brian Hartline (knee) sidelined and led the team in receiving. He had 41 catches, 448 yards, and two touchdowns while filling in for Brandon Gibson and will likely return as the No. 4 receiver next season. Matthews is signed through 2015.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:50:00 PM

Rishard Matthews caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss at Buffalo.

Matthews saw just two targets on a day the Dolphins offense never had a shot. It's the third time in the last four games the slot man has been held to two catches or less. Matthews gets the Jets in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:26:00 PM

Rishard Matthews caught five passes for 64 yards in Miami's Week 15 win over the Patriots.

Both the catches and yards were Matthews' most since his Week 10 blow up against the Bucs. Matthews remains the Dolphins' primary slot receiver, but is a low-end WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:50:00 PM

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RB1Lamar Miller
2Daniel Thomas
3Damien Williams
4LaMichael James
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Daniel Thomas
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Daniel Thomas
WR11Mike Wallace
2Brandon Gibson
WR21Brian Hartline
2Jarvis Landry
3Rishard Matthews
WR31Jarvis Landry
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Gerell Robinson
K1Caleb Sturgis